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SEC Power Rankings: Week 3

  • 6:30 am Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Not surprising, there’s some movement in this week’s SEC Power Rankings. South Carolina’s win over Georgia means the SEC West – again not surprising – controls the top six spots.

1. Texas A&M (No. 1 last week) – Kenny “Trill” Hill is better than Johnny Manziel. That’s premature, but the Aggies’ new QB has 11 TD passes and no picks. Very impressive.

2. Alabama (No. 3) – Maybe Amari Cooper should be the Heisman favorite. Like Hill, he’s off to a stupendous start with 33 catches in three games.

3. LSU (No. 5) – So LSU loses a bunch of defensive [More]

College football TV viewing guide: Five games to watch

  • 10:11 am Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

For those of you who don’t have tickets or tailgating plans or just want to enjoy the air conditioning and your new 65-inch flat screen, here’s a quick viewing guide.

Five games to watch

No. 7 UCLA at Virginia | Noon | ESPN

This doesn’t sound like much of a game. UCLA is projected by many to win the Pac-12 and be in the running for the national championship. And Virginia, is uhhhh. OK. Even if it’s not a close game, sit back and enjoy the talents of UCLA QB Brett Hundley, who will set school passing records this season. And if that’s [More]

Five SEC games you can’t miss this season

  • 6:30 am Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Let’s take a look at the top five SEC games this season. In case you’ve forgotten, the season gets under way on Thursday.

Georgia at South Carolina, Sept. 13

The Gamecocks enter this season with 18 consecutive home wins, a streak that could be at 20 when Georgia visits for the 3:30 p.m. CBS game. The Bulldogs have an extra week to prepare for longtime nemesis Steve Spurrier and all those crazy Gamecocks fans.

South Carolina at Auburn, Oct. 25

A SEC title continues to elude South Carolina. The Gamecocks, depending on what happens against Georgia, likely will need to defeat Auburn to continue [More]

SEC Network debuts today: Are you watching?

  • 7:29 am Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Today’s the day when ESPN unveils the shiny new SEC Network.

It’s scheduled to debut at 6 p.m. today with the initial broadcast of “SEC Now,” a news show, which will include a live look from all 14 SEC campuses.

Are you going to watch?

ESPN has locked up most of the cable and satellite TV providers — Charter, Comcast, AT&T U-Verse, Cox Communications, Dish Network, Time Warner, Bright House Networks and Google Fiber — and is scheduled to reach about 90 million homes.

Here are the channel listings for the SEC Network.

• AT&T U-Verse: Channel 607.
• DISH Network: Channel 404 with [More]

Will SEC Network cut into football game attendance?

  • 2:20 pm Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

There are nine days until the launch of the SEC Network (5 p.m. Aug. 14), which made an expected late rally to join DirecTV’s lineup (and its 20 million subscribers) and push its reach to 85 million households.

The SEC certainly will benefit from the network, mainly in the form of money. A lot of money.

But who else will profit from ESPN’s newest venture that will televise more than 1,000 live SEC sporting events, including 45 football games this fall?

An article at MrSEC.com runs down what it perceives will be the winners and losers from the SEC Network.

The winners [More]

More SEC underclassmen drafted than other conference

  • 6:30 am Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by Andy Johnston
Auburn's Tre Mason was one of many SEC players who have left with a year of eligibility remaining. (AP)

Steve Spurrier wouldn’t be surprised if RB Mike Davis leaves for the NFL after this season.

Davis will have a year of eligibility left, but Spurrier might help push him out the door.

“Mike Davis, if he has a big year, he’s going to go pro,” Spurrier told ESPN.com. “And we’re going to tell him to go pro, because he should. The lifespan of a running back is only a certain amount of years. If a young man after three years can go, we’re going to shake his hand and let him go. That’s why you keep recruiting more running [More]

With more seats, Les Miles says LSU stadium will pump up the volume

  • 3:00 pm Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

That roar you’ve heard from somewhere west of the Mississippi River will grow in intensity this year.

LSU finished the end zone expansion to Tiger Stadium, raising its capacity to 102,321.

“If you thought we were loud before, we just got louder,” coach Les Miles said at SEC Media Days earlier today.

Tiger Stadium is now the second-biggest venue in the SEC, behind Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium. Nationally, it’s behind only Michigan (109,901), Penn State’s Beaver Stadium (106,572), Ohio State (104,944) and Tennessee (102,455).

Three other SEC stadiums — Alabama’s Bryant-Denny (101,821), Georgia’s Sanford Stadium (92,746) and Florida’s Swamp (88,548) — also are in the [More]

LSU’s Tiger Stadium is the best in country, media say

  • 12:21 pm Monday, July 7th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Everybody has their favorite stadiums.

You might love Neyland Stadium because that’s where you saw your first game. Or Doak Campbell, simply because you’re a FSU fan.

Even sportswriters have our faves, either for the atmosphere or accessibility to interview rooms or even for the ease of getting in and out on game days.

Athlon polled 15 members of the national media to find out their favorite stadiums.

Here is the result:

1. Tiger Stadium, LSU

2. Ohio Stadium, Ohio State

3. Autzen Stadium, Oregon

4. Kyle Field, Texas A&M

5. Bryant-Denny Stadium, Alabama

6. Notre Dame Stadium

7. Neyland Stadium, Tennessee

8. Sanford Stadium, Georgia

9. Husky Stadium, Washington

10. Beaver [More]

Les Miles (who else?) strikes pose after hitting miniature golf putt

  • 11:28 am Thursday, June 26th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

We’ve seen Les Miles in all forms of zaniness.

There’s the postgame rants, the emotional outbursts, the long tangents about abstract things pertaining to life.

He even once kissed a pig.

Now, there’s the LSU coach playing miniature golf, preserved for all of us to see on social media.

Make sure you watch to see Miles’ reaction after the shot.

Miles will need to perform more magic at LSU this season after losing WRs Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, RBs Jeremy Hill and Alfred Blue, DTs Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson and right guard Trai Turner, who left school early to enter the [More]